General programme, activity sheet

Friday 8 September, 2017

Oral presentation

Another look at pronominal resolution in bilinguals. Evidence from Portuguese -German and Portuguese-Spanish bilingual children and teenagers.

Speaker: Esther Rinke, Goethe University
Speaker: Cristina Flores, Universidade do Minho

Authors: Esther Rinke & Cristina Flores

The present study aims at analyzing both the role of the dominant language and the syntactic features constraining the heritage speakers’ performance in the interpretation of null and overt pronouns. 54 children and teenagers in the age span of 9 to 16 years were tested (age-matched monolingual speakers of EP, heritage speakers of EP whose dominant language is German and heritage speakers with Spanish as dominant language. Additionally a group of 18 monolingual adults was included as control group. Results reveal that HSs’ grammars do not diverge qualitatively from native grammars (i.e. they show the same interpretation bias for null and overt pronouns), but heritage speakers seem to have more difficulties in integrating syntactic, semantic and pragmatic information in anaphora resolution. Potential differences between monolingual and bilingual speakers are not due to the influence of the dominant language, since German- and Spanish-dominant heritage speakers do not differ from each other.

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08:30 - 11:30 / Workshop 4 - “Formal Perspectives in the Acquisition of Minority Languages”

Other activities in 08:30 - 11:30 / Workshop 4 - “Formal Perspectives in the Acquisition of Minority Languages”

Oral presentation

Comparing Spanish Heritage Speakers with Different Dominant Languages: the Influence from Dutch and English on Subject Position.

Speaker: Aafke Hulk, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Speaker: Brechje van Osch, Universiteit van Amsterdam

Oral presentation

Input overrides attrition: Verb agreement of developing L2 and heritage Spanish bilinguals in dual immersion

Speaker: Julia Herschensohn, Univeristy of Washington
Speaker: Ana Fernandez Dobao, University of Washington

Oral presentation

Semantic universals in the article choice of heritage speakers

Speaker: Gulsen Yilmaz, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Plenary Lecture

Gradient representations: Consequences for acquisition and maintenance

Speaker: Michael Putnam, Penn State University